The African American Christian Foundation, Inc (AACF). is a community based nonprofit organization founded in 1985. AACF offers vital support services to the community under the following umbrellas: KAM Institute of Healthcare and Technology, Community and Economic Development and Advocacy for job creation within low-income as well as immigrant communities.
The KAM Institute of Healthcare and Technology (formally The AACF Computer Learning Center) trains students in a wide array of vocational skills and computer applications using state of the art equipment and software. The Center is accredited by Illinois State Board of Higher Education and offers the following courses:
*Computer Office Skills
*Certified Nursing Assistant
Community and Economic Development activity promotes the use of local economic resources to provide job readiness skills training, job placement, guidance, and support throughout all phases of the employment reentry process for dislocated and the chronically unemployed young adults. Qualifying community youths are provided with internships and paid work experience to prepare them for the world of work and provided with life skills. Job placement assistance and employment retention services are provided to older youths. Youths services offer clients a safe and enjoyable learning environment in our community: to work, obtain life skills, and succeed academically and in life. AACF offers the following programs to serve community youth:
*Internships and On The Job Training
*Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Program
*Academic Tutoring and College Preparation
*Youth Mentoring and Life Coaching
Advocacy promotes comprehensive and effective employer and employee services and support through job creation, facilitating career mobility and lifelong education for low income individuals within the organization service areas. Our programs create positive change in the community by influencing public and private sector policies that reduce barriers to entry into the job market, and enhanced workplace diversity. The organization advocates for a living wage for participants and believes that hard work should be rewarding.